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A Doll's House

A Doll's House

by Henrik Ibsen

Men and Masculinity Quotes

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Quote #7

HELMER: "It is already known at the Bank that I mean to dismiss Krogstad. Is it to get about now that the new manager has changed his mind at his wife's bidding--" (2.111)

The thought that a woman might have power over him is terrifying to Torvald.

Quote #8

HELMER: "You're joking, my little Nora! You won't--you won't? Am I not your husband--?" (3.143)

Torvald says this after Nora resists having sex with him. He feels that all husbands have a right to their wives' bodies.

Quote #9

HELMER: "I should not be a man if this womanly helplessness did not just give you a double attractiveness in my eyes." (3.253)

What's the difference between Torvald's desire to help Nora and Mrs. Linde's desire to help Krogstad?

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